Amazon's EC2 Console Makes Cloud Computing Fun and Easy

The new Amazon EC2 Console is a slick point-and-click, web-based user interface providing access to Amazon's suite of infrastructure web services. AWS has typically been a geek service due to it's command line interface, but this new console should attract new (Windows) customers that are more confortable with a point-and-click…

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Suprise! SAP Acquires Business Objects

I don't think that anyone saw this coming as SAP has always preferred to "build" versus "buy". They have purchased some smaller companies like In-q-My (NetWeaver platform) and TopTier ("drag and relate" functionality), but have shied away from large acquisitions. This represents a major shift for SAP similarly when they…

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SAP offers NetWeaver subscription for developers

I'm not sure how this works out.... "NetWeaver was available previously only to companies that bought SAP software, but now any individual who joins the SAP developer network can buy a one-year license including software and services to develop and test applications on NetWeaver." Here is the catch: For internal…

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eBay confirms that it overpaid for Skype... by nearly $1 billion!

An interesting article in Business Week where eBay basically admits: They overpaid for Skype It cannot create synergies between it other core services The business model is not working (too many free competitors, flat pc-to-phone revenue, small active user base) Management shakeup - founders are leaving "voluntarily"…

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SAP Launches Host-Applications Solution

Enterprise software giant SAP on Wednesday unveiled a midmarket on-demand service, Business ByDesign, putting it in competition with the on-demand offerings of Salesforce.com, NetSuite and archrival Oracle. The mid-market solution is targeted at companies with 100-500 employees and is priced at $149 per user per month. Full story at…

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IT contract negotiation strategies

CIO Decisions (quickly becoming one of my favorite magazines and websites) has a very good article regarding negotiating contracts. Its 4 step process is very clear and functional.…

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Indian CIOs Outsourcing to US!

Interesting article in InfoWorld stating that, "Indian CIOs will have to consider outsourcing offshore, because of the shortage of IT skills in the country, and inadequate services standards of local service providers.." Read the entire article here.…

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CIO Magazine: Getting Smart about Saas

My new issue of CIO Magazine arrived today with an interesting cover story regarding Software as a Service (SaaS). The article states that SaaS is not the Holy Grail but should be looked at a one of many solutions in a CIO's arsenal. When to consider SaaS SaaS allows for…

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The Heat is on Indian Call Centers Yet Again

A very interesting entry on Fast Company's blog site concerning some British companies moving their call centers back to Briton from India due to a high quantity of customer complaints. There are some rather interesting points including: "The issue has now become such a national bugbear some companies are using…

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BPM - Business Performance Management

A number of clients have been asking me to clarify BPM for them. There is some confusion in the acronym as it refers to two different types of software and technologies: Business Performance Management (aka corporate performance management) is a suite of applications that typically provides analysis, monitoring and reporting…

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